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Fire At Auto Salvage Business Closes U.S. 70

Posted August 26, 1996

— A Tuesday morning fire in east Durham had emergency crews worried that an explosion might occur.

Their concern centered around propane tanks inside a burning auto salvage business.

Authorities were forced to close a busy section of Highway 70 in east Durham until just before noon. Firefighters were called out to City Auto Salvage just before 10 a.m. after a fire erupted in the rear, right portion of its garage.

Everyone had been evacuated safely by the time firefighters arrived, but the building did sustain some serious damage. Much of what didn't burn was damaged by smoke and heat,

Durham County Fire Marshal Jeff Batton says they believe the fire was started accidentally.

Firefighters say they closed the section of highway as a precaution against the possibility of the gas tanks exploding.

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